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Registered Republicans in Philadelphia compared to region

When I interviewed Michael Meehan, he mentioned that the latest total he saw put registered Republicans in Philadelphia at more than 147,000. He called that the largest county-wide total in the Commonwealth. Methinks he misspoke, easy to do because, I … Continue reading

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Fumo candidate beats out Johnny Doc, affecting the Republican

Clearly, I overestimated the influence of Johnny Dougherty and underestimated Vince Fumo-backed Larry Farnese. In yesterday’s primary, not only did Hillary squeak with a victory, but Farnese beat Dougherty in what, I can admit, was a surprise to me and … Continue reading

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Ed Rendell + Barack Obama = Hillary Clinton

Tomorrow Pennsylvania may decide whether the Democratic candidate for President will be Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., or former Philadelphia mayor and current Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell’s choice, Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y. Rendell has said he’ll support whoever the Democratic candidate … Continue reading

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John Dougherty to take Vince Fumo's seat; no Republicans to be found

Outgoing State Senator Vince Fumo and his likely replacement John Dougherty, notorious (and occasionally in trouble) business manager for Local 98 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, are not known to be friends. Fumo is retiring Nov. 30 after … Continue reading

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Ed Rendell for Hillary

It came as little surprise when former Philadelphia Mayor and current Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell endorsed Sen. Hillary Clinton in her bid for the U.S. Presidency back in January. But few may have guessed how much time and energy he … Continue reading

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Barack Obama clashes with Philly-style machine politics

In a story missed by Philadelphia media, Sen. Barack Obama is clashing with Philadelphia’s old style politics, as first reported by the Los Angeles Times. Fourteen months into a campaign that has the feel of a movement, Sen. Barack Obama … Continue reading

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Smerconish has a take on those new Democratic Philly suburbs

Michael Smerconish has lots of opinions. As posted here last week, Montgomery County, a suburban county just northwest of Philadelphia, now has more registered Democrats than Republicans for the first time since the 1970s. He has an opinion about that. … Continue reading

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Montgomery County goes Democratic

This thesis is about the Republican Party in Philadelphia, but the entire region can teach lessons. For the first time since 1978, Bucks County, north of the city, has more registered Democrats than Republicans, as reported by the Philadelphia Inquirer … Continue reading

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It's always sunny in Philadelphia

A distraction brought to you from “It’s always Sunny in Philadelphia.” [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cMULd3xdZS0&feature=related] Holler at City Hall in the background. Photo courtesy of ATNZone, a blog about TV.

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Philadelphia Republicans courting Democrats

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